Recycled Hardwood Flooring

Recycled Hardwood Flooring

Recycled Hardwood Flooring

Recycled Hardwood Flooring: The Back Story

Reclaiming and recovering antique lumber and restoring it into beautiful recycled hardwood flooring is a complex process that involves both artistry and engineering. While torn down or deconstructed old homes and buildings may yield a vast quantity of recycled wood materials to choose from, they must be carefully selected with the final product in mind. At this stage of the process, an experienced eye can avoid pitfalls and maximize quality when choosing materials that will become recycled hardwood flooring.

Deconstruction comes first, with a velvet hammer. Skilled craftsmen carefully pull up old floor boards, or pull down casement and paneling. They consider the widthis it wide enough to keep? A new tongue and groove will be necessary, and that will cut down your available width, if your plan is to use it for recycled hardwood flooring.

Tips for Buying Recycled Hardwood Flooring

There are two main types of recycled hardwood flooring that you will be choosing from:

(1) Recycled hardwood flooring that has been flooring before and is restored to new beauty and usefulness. New tongue and groove will be milled on either side of the length so the floor boards will fit snugly together.

(2) Recycled hardwood flooring that has been cut into random widths, or even single widths (some call planks), that have been recently milled from old framing joists, roofing beams or structural members that represented the first use of the antique lumber.

With either of these options, make sure your reclaimed hardwood flooring has been kiln dried, unless you know for a fact that its been under the cover of a roof for many years and has not been exposed to moisture. Moisture content up to 11% is acceptable.

Also, if the antique lumber was used as a floor before, you might check that no unacceptable oil or environmental pollutant has been absorbed by the grain into the wood with a scent that might be difficult to live with.

Understanding Grading of Recycled Hardwood Flooring

Recycled hardwood flooring by some suppliers could be construed as any wood from any source, even hardwood pallet material, that is being used and recycled, instead of going to the landfill.

Recycled hardwood flooring by other suppliers may refer to reclaimed second-growth material, harvested within the last 60 years or so to build military bases, factories, and buildings after WWII, that are now being removed and replaced with modern facilities.

Recycled hardwood flooring, when sold by Whole Log Lumber, is usually referred to as reclaimed wood flooring. We prefer reclaimed because we deal only in high quality reclaimed antique lumber, not second-growth or younger woods sometimes indicated by the term recycled.

Choices for Recycled Hardwood Flooring

After splitting hairs here about choosing recycled hardwood flooring or reclaimed, there are still other choices to consider: Will you buy solid floors or engineered? The benefits of both will be taken up in other articles. We already touched upon single-width planks or random widths choices; and styles, colors and species. There are so many choices available! Whole Log Lumber has answers to your questions. We will assist in all your recycled hardwood flooring needs. Call us today at 866-912-WOOD.


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